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Pierre Careye C1

Bap. 6 May 1584 - Bur. 14 Nov 1629

Married : 18 Dec 1606, Marie Germain

dau. Gilles Germain and Anne Le Moyne


Pierre (1607), Jean (1609-1651), Pierre III (1609-1671),
Jaquine (1611-1632), Anne (1613-1669), Thomas (1614-1618),
James (1616-1678), Thomas (1618), Daniel (1620-1623),
Abraham (1620-1694), Nathaniel (1624-1626), Joshua (1625-1632),
Samuel (1627-1627), Charles (1628-1637)

At the age of seventeen he matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, on 3 Apr. 1601, described in the Register as `gen(erosi) f(ilius)', son of a well-born.
In 1607 he became King's Receiver, and in that capacity, at the meeting of the newly-constituted States of the Island claimed a seat next to the Procureur; the States ordered him to absent himself from the meeting until the matter had been decided by the Royal Commissioners, Sir Robert Gardiner and Dr. James Hussey, who had been sent over by King James I to regulate the many disputes in the Island; as no mention is made of this matter in the Report of those two Commissioners, it is probable that it was allowed to drop.
On 18 Jan 1613, as bordier of the Bordage Almenac, which he had inherited from his father, Pierre was fined I8 trs. for not providing the man who did duty that day for the bordage with a proper pike. A bordier was an hereditary official of a bordage, which consisted of a considerable amount of agricultural land held by tenants. His duty was to guard the beasts seized as guarantee for money owing to the King, to supply an armed guard for any criminal prisoner, and conduct him to the place of trial or execution, to attend the Chief Pleas, and the Plaids d'Heritage in all of which duties he was under the orders of the Bailiff.
Pierre was Captain of the St. Martin's Regiment, and was Seneschal of the Fief St. Michel in 1615 and 1629. On 24 Jan. 1625 he was appointed by the States, with other `Capitaines,' to make a survey of the supply of arms and ammunition in the Island, in view of the impending war with Spain, which broke out in Oct 1625. A garrison of 200 men was sent from England to help the Islanders, and there was so much trouble with these men that Martial Law had to be proclaimed and Pierre was appointed to administer it. Having served its purpose, the Bailiff and Jurats petitioned the Privy Council on 29 Sept. 1629 to have the garrison removed, as plague had just broken out, and also on account of the poverty of the islanders, who for two years had had to pay for the `entertainment' of the troops, as no money for the purpose, though repeatedly promised, had come from England. On 1 Sept. of that year the amount that the garrison had cost the island was 1,393 9s.9d. sterling, a large sum in those days.
On 23 May 1629 Pierre was elected Jurat, but the objection was raised that his father, who was senior Jurat, was still on the Bench, and that by the `Coutume de Normandie' and ancient practice, a jurat could not be admitted during the term of office of his father. But the Governor, in view of the fact that his father was bedridden, and there was no likelihood of his ever serving again as Jurat, decided, after consultation, that Pierre might be sworn in as Jurat, provided that if his father should serve again, father and son should never sit together nor sign documents or contracts or anything obligatory together. This regulation was made compulsory by the States on 4 Feb. 1650, being extended to include brothers and uncle and nephew.
Pierre's term of office was very short. He sat on the Bench only a few times during May and June 1629. He was buried on 14 Nov. of that year at St. Martin's, predeceasing his father by ten days.